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Paige Nick

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Brave Ben Williams

I don’t remember his exact words, but some months ago, the inimitable, unstoppable and clearly courageous books editor of The Sunday Times (among other things), Ben Williams, said to me, hey, you know what, we should bring out a book of your columns.

I wonder if he had known what a Pandora’s Box of grime, smut and crazy he was opening, whether he would have still been so keen? Either way, I got him to sign on the dotted line before he sobered up and changed his mind, and so together with Renee Naude, we embarked on the funnest mission ever, to collate a selection of columns and the letters I get from them every week.

Letters that range from the good:

Subject: “living alone”

Paige, I never write fan mail but I just had to after reading “A song for toast with the most” because it was so true and made me laugh out loud. My secret? I live alone so I can watch WWE Smackdown on ETV and drink whisky on Wednesday nights. Thank you for a fantastic column.

I steal the Lifestyle section from my family on Sundays, and when I get back to my lonezone, you and Ndumiso Ngcobo make my crime totally worth it!

To the bad:

Dear Paige,

I understand your weekly column in the Lifestyle section of the Sunday Times is meant to be a light-hearted attempt at humour and that you cannot please everyone with what you write. However, I believe that some of the generalisations and stereotypes that you made in your most recent article ‘Toy boys vs sugar daddies’, published on 21 November 2010, are just plain obscene, even offensive…  [It goes on a bit from here, but you get the gist]

To the downright ugly:

Subject: hello

Hello Paige, my love

my darling, its is my ferverent desire to ravish and feast upon your heavenly form and to pleasure you with my big black ****. i love youso much Paige, you hace the most beautiful smile and i’m sure you smell like jasmine down there.

all my love


Pens Behaving Badly with foreword and shout by Darrel Bristow-Bovey and cover artwork by James B Hannah, launches on 15th July on Amazon and Kobo, paperback to follow later on in the year:

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    July 9th, 2014 @12:16 #

    Hilarious those letters. Brilliant you and Ben indeed. Paige your column is the best, I love it.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    July 9th, 2014 @16:19 #

    The bravery is all Paige's: publishing the columns was a no-brainer, but writing them - ! We're so glad to have put them together into this collection :)

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Paige</a>
    July 9th, 2014 @20:05 #

    Thank you Alex. That's really cool of you to say. Ben... you're just cool.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    July 9th, 2014 @20:11 #

    And that title and cover are genius


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